Arup has installed a huge 75m, 28t rotor blade in the centre of Hull as part of 2017 UK City of Culture celebrations.
It is part of an installation called “Blade” by multimedia artist Nayan Kulkarni. The blade is claimed to be the world’s largest handmade fibre glass component cast as a single object.
The blade was manoeuvred along 4.8km of trunk road and through narrow city centre streets. More than 50 street lights and traffic signals had to be removed to make way for it.
“Blade is not only a dramatic artistic installation, but in terms of its transportation and exhibition, also a significant engineering feat,” said Arup project director Richard Bickers. “Over 50 items of street furniture, including traffic lights and lamp posts had to be temporarily removed to allow safe passage of this massive object. Part of the magic of the installation is people wondering how it got there – it’s a bit like a ship in a bottle.”
In the run up to Hull’s City of Culture preparations, Arup led a £20M transformation of the pedestrianised city centre of Hull.